Liverpool appoint a THIRD keeper coach as Brazil legend Taffarel joins

Liverpool appoint a THIRD goalkeeper coach as Brazil legend Taffarel is brought in to work with stopper Alisson Becker ‘following personal recommendation from Reds’ No 1′

  • Liverpool have brought in Brazil legend Taffarel as a senior goalkeeper coach 
  • The 55-year-old was a World Cup winner with the Selecao in 1994 
  • He joins Liverpool’s current staff of John Achterberg and Jack Robinson 
  • It is understood that No 1 Alisson Becker personally requested his appointment 

Liverpool have appointed Brazil legend Taffarel as a senior goalkeeping coach – making him the third of his kind in the current staff set-up at Anfield.

The 55-year-old will join current coaches John Achterberg and Jack Robinson in training the men between the sticks, and is reported to have been personally requested by No 1 star Alisson Becker.

Taffarel currently works with Alisson with the Brazil national team, and will now balance his commitments between the two camps.

Liverpool have brought in Brazil legend Taffarel (left) as a senior goalkeeper coach

It is reported by Goal that the arrival of Taffarel has been driven in no small part by Alisson Becker, who signed a new lucrative six-year deal with the Reds in the summer.

Taffarel is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in Brazilian history, winning 101 caps for the national side and lifting two Copa America titles, as well as the World Cup in the USA in 1994 following a penalty shootout.

The Brazil legend, seen facing a Roberto Baggio penalty in the final, won the World Cup in 1994

Taffarel seen in action against Denmark’s Brian Laudrup during the 1998 World Cup in France

At club level his CV comprises stints in Italy with Parma and Reggiana, before later keeping goal for Galatasaray.

The latter he later worked as a coach and had two short spells as interim manager, before leaving the Turkish giants in 2019.

He has worked as goalkeeping coach for the Brazilian national team since 2014, where he has formed a close bond with Alisson and played an instrumental role in the 29-year-old becoming one of the best goalkeepers on the planet.

It is further reported that Taffarel visited Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre last week having held initial discussions with the club over a potential role during the summer.

Questions now arise regarding the long-term future of John Achterberg (right) at Anfield

The arrival of the Brazilian now naturally raises questions regarding the long-term future of Achterberg, who has been a mainstay at Anfield for several years.

The Dutchman has been with the club since 2009, and has worked with the first team since 2011 under various managers. 

He has a strong relationship with Jurgen Klopp and is known to be a popular individual among the senior squad and the club staff.

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